As a milanista I will always have unbounded respect for Jurgen Kohler. His ultra-correct duels with Van Basten, who was otherwise molested by half the serie A defenders, were one of the high points of the football season. It was the world's greatest stopper vs the world's greatest attacker, plainly. Never did Kohler raise a leg too high or attempt some desperate Vierchowoodian tackle. He knew when he was beaten and accepted it, this in an era when Juve could do little more than watch and learn from the Napoli-Milan duopoly.